Cigar Reviews and Ratings at Cigar Inspector Your source for cigar reviews and ratings 2018-05-21T10:43:58Z http://www.cigarinspector.com/feed/atom Inspector http://www.cigarinspector.com <![CDATA[Cigar Review – La Gloria Cubana Orgullosos Swiss Regional Edition]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18117 2018-05-21T10:43:58Z 2018-05-21T10:42:12Z Origin : Cuba Format : 109 Size : 50 x 184 (7.2") Ring : 49 Pre Release Hand-Made Price : $NAMore info about purchasing Gloria Cubana cigars... Draw : 5 out of 6 stars Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars […]

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Origin : CubaLa Gloria Cubana
Format : 109
Size : 50 x 184 (7.2")
Ring : 49
Pre Release
Hand-Made
Price : $NA
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4 out of 6 stars

Introduction

We got very lucky to have the chance to review the new Gloria Cubana Orgullosos which will be the upcoming Swiss Regional Edition. In the last years we have seen Intertabak, the Swiss distributor for Habanos S.A, adding to their normal box release a collector humidor. We can't wait to see what sort of beautiful piece of art they will release to highlight this amazing size.
As you can see on the picture, the cigar wears one band only as it is just a pre release tasting. I am sure the blend will evolve but the main idea is already present. The cigar will come out with red and grey double band indicating "Exclusio Suiza", as we all know.

Tasting

At the very beginning, the cigar shows a great draw. Which is very important for such a long cigar to avoid puffing too hard and feeling dizzy towards the end of the smoke.
the burn is straight away very good. Some pre release are still very moist and can burn slowly this one feels like it has been sat in the warehouse for few months as it burns really well at the beginning.

The Gloria Cubana Orgullosos starts light and smooth becomes stronger very quickly. It develops the same dry feeling as the britanicas tasted few weeks ago (read the review here).

On the palate the flavours are not lingering much, I would say a medium finish but rather enjoyable as you do not wish the dry freshness to stay too long on the palate. Lots of woodiness, sweetness and dried fruit notes appears all of a sudden at the end of the first third. The whole melting in the palate reminds you of the finish of a cognac.

Beautiful grey ash is forming.

The second part Strat a bit bitter but not harsh. You would expect this notes of ammonia and bitterness from a fresh cigar.
The second part, for some reason is slightly harder to draw and the density of smoke if lower. I guess it is the accumulation of the first part and the cigar still being moist. However it increases slowly. The palate feeling is very dry with a nutty finish.
That leathery texture (signature of great La Gloria Cubana) appears slowly at the end of the second third. The development is slow but enjoyable the cigar isn’t boring, many changes al throughout the smoke.

The Orgullosos gets very strong half way. Very young with high acidity level.

Some amazing Vanilla, dark coco bean and creamy texture appears. I never felt this in a cigar as far as I can remember. It's like an exposition of Vanilla notes all of a sudden. Really unexpected.

This vanilla flavours turns into aroma. Like you would try to burn fresh green sticks of newly harvested Vanilla.
I just love long cigar they have another rythmn, when there is a development it is a true journey. Some areas can be less exciting than another but during an hour and a half you could potentially experience few different cigars in one.

At the end I put the lighter in front of the cigar and blow in it. This is something you must try. Since I do it with long cigars I never have these notes of residue being accumulated. It feels that you have a brand new smoke to finish the last 20 minutes.

We stay on the sweet aromatic palate. With a creamy structure, dark chocolate notes, hints of caramel.

For a pre release I am a bit speechless. The cigar started dry and fresh which was normal. But this end isn’t a young cigar. No more dry feeling . all about the intensity of aromas and flavours. Still some bitterness at the back of the tongue but nothing very shocking as the vamilla takes over.

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Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Balmoral Anejo XO Corona]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18112 2018-05-16T09:59:50Z 2018-05-16T09:57:23Z Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Corona Size : 5 7/8" x 42 ring gauge (149mm x 16.67mm) Wrapper : Brazilian Arapiraca Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil Binder : Dominican Olor Hand-Made Price : ~ € 7.90 / $ 9.60 Dutch company Balmoral dates back to the 1890s, and is distinctive in Europe for […]

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Balmoral CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 5 7/8" x 42 ring gauge (149mm x 16.67mm)
Wrapper : Brazilian Arapiraca
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil
Binder : Dominican Olor
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 7.90 / $ 9.60

Dutch company Balmoral dates back to the 1890s, and is distinctive in Europe for having both very popular ranges of short-filler machine-made slightly upscale cigars - like their 'Sumatra' line using Indonesian Java - Sumatra, Brazilian & Havana Remedios tobaccos - but also 5 lines of hand-rolled premium cigars, including this Anejo XO.

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
strength : 4 out of 6 stars

The Balmoral Añejo XO Corona is a nearly-6-inch hand-rolled long-filler corona, offering a sophisticated blend of aged tobaccos, and a remarkably rich & interesting smoking experience for a modest-price, entirely hand-made cigar of this size.

The word 'añejo' means aged, and 'XO' stands for 'eXceptionally Old', referring to how these sticks use tobaccos aged for an average of seven years, this line following up Balmoral's well-received 'Añejo 18' aged 18 years limited edition.

The wrapper here is Brasil Arapiraca, the binder is Dominican Olor, and the filler comprises Nicaragua Esteli, more Dominica Olor, and stalk-cut Brasil Mata Norte tobaccos.

Balmoral is a Dutch-headquartered company dating back to the late 1800s, much-appreciated for better machine-made short-filler smokes, as well as several lines of hand-made cigars, including my own constant favourite, Balmoral's Royal Maduro sticks with a Brasil wrapper and Brazilian & Dominican filler.

The size Balmoral chooses for its hand-made coronas is interesting, right between the classic 'full corona' size of 5 5/8 inches - 143mm, and the 'long corona' size of 6 1/8 inches - 155mm, the Balmoral two centimetres longer than a corona mareva like the Montecristo No 4.

One reason may be aesthetic elegance, with the Balmoral corona almost exactly 9x the diameter, and indeed it's a nice looking stick in this length, as one might present to an honoured guest after a fine dinner. But also, you see a lot of hand-rolled cigar for your money.

Tasting

The wrapper here is Brasil Arapiraca, tho a shade lighter than the black-ish Brasil Arapiraca Maduro used in Balmoral's Royal Maduro line, which has made me quite a fan of dark cigars. The promise of this Brasil wrapper is noticeable cocoa sweetness, tho less so than in the more slender Añejo XO Lancero in 40 ring gauge, or in the 37 ring gauge Royal Maduro Panetela.

Sweet aroma rises from the unlit cigar, the oils of the Brasil wrapper pleasing to the touch. The stick seemed densely-packed and I feared a tight draw, but that was not the case, tho it was a surprisingly slow burn.

Pre-draw after punching was cocoa & some pepper. After lighting, the initial draw surprised with more pepper & spice than anything else, quickly followed by the sophisticated array of flavours that would be this cigar's hallmark.

The sweetness of the wrapper was quickly there, tho gently so, it was sweetness more like a lightly chocolate biscuit, rather than cocoa itself. Along with the sweet undertones and spice, was a substantial woodiness combined with something else, I wound up thinking of olives and an olive tree. All in all, a very sophisticated set of flavours for the palate, in a deluxe yet nicely-priced long corona.

The aged nature of the tobaccos showed itself in the lack of collision of the various flavours, they seem to have mellowed and combined as if in the humidor for a couple of years. With some substantial pepper and spiciness there in the first half of the cigar, I thought of how Balmoral seemed to achieve what Davidoff tried to do with its Escurio line, also a significantly-Brazilian, sweet & spicy combination, with the Balmoral a more affordable big stick.

There is some good strength and headiness to this cigar from these aged tobaccos, a touch more than in the Balmoral Royal Maduro line. Some minutes into the stick, with all those flavours and the bit of strength, I thought it seemed a perfect leisurely after-dinner smoke.

By the end of the 1st third, the pepper & spice began to recede, and the olive tree aspect along with the sweet moments came more forward. As the middle third started I caught a little dryness of the mouth, and also a feeling of the olive-wood fire tickling the back of the throat, the edge of some harshness, but not arriving there.

As the cigar got to the mid-way point things smoothed out, all the flavours there but more gently, as if the cigar wanted to make sure it did not overpower me during the after-dinner coffee or glass of Porto.

In the final third, the flavours began to recede a bit more, I was noting more in the aroma than the actual taste. It was not a cigar for the nub; with 4cm left, flavour was weak and harshness started to show up.

Burn in this cigar was uneven at first, needing touch-up, but became very even in the last half. And this particular stick burned with unusual slowness even by my ambling standards, I had over a full hour of smoking here. White-ish grey ash held magnificently for 3cm, revealing a lovely centre point after drop-off.

The Balmoral Añejo XO is a super value in a long corona, given its good strength and its sophisticated, aged-tobacco flavour interest for much of the smoke. One can critique a bit of last-third flavour-fade, a bit of dryness, a bit of a burning-wood tickle ... but for the price it is terrific.

It is slightly higher in price than the Balmoral Royal Maduro sticks, which for me I still rather overall prefer, as I am seduced by the Royal Maduro's admittedly simpler, sweetness-with-cream profile that it gets from its Brasil Maduro - Dominican combination, without the punchy Nicaraguan as in the XO. Plus the fact that the Royal Maduro comes in my favourite cigar vitola, a medium-long panetela (37 x 139), where the chocolate-like aspects of the Brasil Arapiraca wrapper show even more strongly.

But I am now drawn to keep around some of the Añejo XO sticks, as a change of pace still offering those Brasil-sweet undertones I adore. And I think for many stogie fans, the Añejo XO's complexity & sophistication would be preferable.

Regarding Balmoral, their better-than-most machine-made short-fillers, are nice items to help balance your smoking budget and fill out your smoking week. I have found that my fussy Cuban- and Davidoff- smoking friends, usually quite like them as well after trying them, a change of flavour pace from the Cuban short-filler José Piedras and Quinteros.

In the second photo here, are three Balmoral short-fillers side-by-side with the Añejo XO Corona, all of them less than €2 each (sold in boxes of 5): First, the little sister of the Añejo XO, the sweet cocoa (and slightly fruity) tasting, also-Brasil-wrapper Aged 3 Years Coronita (36 x 98mm); the creamy Dominican Selection Panatela (37 x 138); and the nicely spicy Sumatra Selection Overland (34 x 132), an Indonesia-Cuba-Brasil combination. These short-fillers are not only a nice selection of tastes for differing moods & occasions, they are also great 'first cigars' for your so-far non-puffing acquaintances.

With the Balmoral short fillers, I find the panetela thicknesses in the 30s ring gauges, have richer flavour, with the wrapper taste more prominent. And a short-filler cigar pro-tip: Even tho machine-made cigars are sold as 'dry' cigars not in the humidor room, they taste much better after a few days mellowing in the home humidor next to your premium sticks!

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Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Montecristo No.3]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18108 2018-05-08T13:24:17Z 2018-05-08T13:20:37Z Origin : Cuba Size : 5 5/8" x 42 ring gauge (142mm x 16.67mm) Format : Corona Hand-Made Price : ~ € 12,00 / $ 14.75More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars... Draw : 5 out of 6 stars Burn : 4 out of 6 stars Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars Aroma : 4 […]

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MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 5 5/8" x 42 ring gauge (142mm x 16.67mm)
Format : Corona
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 12,00 / $ 14.75
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
strength : 4 out of 6 stars

Tasting

The Montecristo No 3 is a classic Cuban full-length Corona, providing superbly consistent rich flavour and smoking progression, along with good cigar strength. More flavourful than refined, this satisfying stick is sadly at a price disadvantage versus its best-selling but less consistent little sister, the Montecristo No 4.

The Monte No 3 is the centre item in a key piece of cigar history, the original Montecristo line of 5 cigars - four coronas and a pyramid - which changed the cigar world after Montecristo's founding in 1935. In some recent years, Montecristos are known to have been more than 25 per cent of all Habanos cigars sold around the world.

With their flavour richness and quality, Montecristos not only became a premium Cuban name, they are credited with making the straight-sided, round-head or 'parejo' shape the dominant cigar format, versus the double figurado or 'perfecto' stick - fatter in the middle - which was more common in older cigar catalogues. Montecristo made the straight-sided cigar seem the more elegant and refined choice.

The corona thickness was dominant in cigars for much of the 20th century, and we see this reflected in several classic cigar line-ups - the original 5 numbered Montecristos (4 coronas and a pyramid); the Davidoff Grand Cru series (5 coronas); and even the Cohiba Siglo line (5 coronas and a robusto extra).

The Montecristo No 3, for all its virtues, is neglected today due to a pricing anomaly. It is only 13mm (half an inch) longer than the Montecristo No 4 (42 x 129), the best-selling Cuban cigar in the world. But in my neighbourhood, tho the Monte No 4 is priced at about 9 euros, the Monte No 3 is at 12 euros - a 10% longer stick, but 25% more in price. On the other hand, for a tiny bit more, at €13,50, shops in my area give you a glorious 6 1/2" Montecristo No 1 Lonsdale (42 x 165). So the price-point on the Monte No 3 seems odd and discouraging.

Some say, though, that the odd pricing helps make the Montecristo No 3 to be a better and more consistent cigar, given it is produced in much lower quantities, and perhaps mostly or entirely at the same cigar-rolling factory. The lower-price Monte No 4 Mareva, is rolled at a number of different Cuban factories to meet demand, and is well-known for being usually very good, but somewhat unpredictable, as a result.

And besides the consistency, there is just the fact that a roughly 5 1/2" corona - the classic 'full-size' corona such as the Montecristo No 3 - can simply look right and feel right for your just-short-of-an-hour smoking session.

Tasting

There is always a great set of flavours in a Montecristo No 3, tho the particular way they cycle through the smoke can vary from stick to stick. But it is never dull, always with good flavour and well-paced progression. It tends to be a fine-looking cigar too, with a smooth, well-chosen wrapper, and I have not seen draw problems with any No 3.

Aroma from the end here, included a sense of honey in the air above the base of tobacco sweetness. Pre-draw was honey and pepper. Lighting introduced the classic rich, darker-toned Montecristo flavours, with the echoes of espresso coffee and a touch of cocoa. Soon some strong cedar tones came in, and bits of spice that seemed to catch fire, tingling the back of the throat as well as the nostrils.

Flavour changes are frequent and interesting with the No 3. For a time here there was also some sense of a starchy, rather potato flavour, then some roasted vegetables, moving to a kind of toasty hay filling the nose, all quite enjoyable. The flavours are rich, but not all that subtle or refined - and thus the Monte No 3 is a great complement to your drink of choice, even a strong one.

In the middle third there came more of that sensation of spice on fire in the frying pan, and the stick began to flirt with the edge of harshness, tho that was easily managed, by slightly easing on the puffs, and an occasional cigar purge (exhaling through the cigar).

Strength of the cigar was pleasing. These Montecristos are rated 'medium to full' or 4 out of 5 on the Habanos strength scale, and that seems right. As the headiness compounded in the middle, the flavour eased slightly to make room for it, and at points a kind of creaminess filled the moments between other flavour surges. Pepper came in and out. The end of the middle third had a kind of flavour peak matched with the accumulating strength, very satisfying.

With this particular stick, the ash was not so elegant, flat-faced and falling off early, tho burn was fairly even.

The final third continued with an eased level of flavour whilst one enjoyed the strength and variety of the cigar. Here some roasted nuts and honey showed, along with more creamy moments. The Monte No 3 is not a cigar for the nub; all the rich flavours rather catch up with it, and the potential harshness finally expands towards the end.

The complaint one might make here, is that the Montecristo No 3 is not really a refined cigar, given what one could experience in this higher Cuban price range. If one is spending this kind of tariff on a Cuban corona, there is a good argument to prefer, at a very slightly higher price, a Cohiba Siglo II Mareva (42 x 129), or the curly-cap Trinidad Coloniales (44 x 132), both of which are elegant cigars of great subtlety. Tho neither is as strong as the Montecristo No 3, which has a certain 'fire and punch' to it despite being on a lower level in the subtlety sweepstakes.

In the end, the Montecristo No 3 is a very satisfying, enjoyable, very good tho not really high-end-great cigar, which would be even more super if Habanos could notch down the price a little to reflect how it is closer in size to the Monte No 4 Mareva than the Monte No 1 Lonsdale.

But with the Montecristo No 3 full-length corona, you can feel thrown back in time to that era of say the 1950s, when the corona was king, Montecristo was the great Cuban name, and the rich Monte flavour was there to round off a gentleman's evening.

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Inspector http://www.cigarinspector.com <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Montecristo Maltes Linea 1935]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18105 2018-05-08T09:40:45Z 2018-05-08T09:39:50Z Origin : Cuba Size : 6" (153) x 53 Size : Sobresalientes Brand Strength : Full (linea 1935) Hand-Made Price : $20 - $25More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars... The long awaited Montecristo Linea 1935 is finally appearing slowly on different markets. As previously describe this new line will be characterised by its strength, the […]

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MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 6" (153) x 53
Size : Sobresalientes
Brand Strength : Full (linea 1935)
Hand-Made
Price : $20 - $25
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The long awaited Montecristo Linea 1935 is finally appearing slowly on different markets. As previously describe this new line will be characterised by its strength, the first full body cigars of the brand but also its Vitola. The Maltes is a very nice sobresalientes size. The last characteristic of the Linea 1935 is the double band being placed on the foot of the cigar indicated its name and highlighting the Marca's logo. It is only the second time we can see this foot band in Cuba, the first one was the Cohiba Grandiosos which only 2500 cigars were rolled to commemorate cohiba's 50th anniversary.

Draw : 3 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
strength : 4 out of 6 stars

Appearance
As already previously described in the review of the pre release (find it here), the Montecristo Maltes is a heavy ring gauge cigar. Very trendy size, long and robust in the hand.

This one has a very oily and silky wrapper. Its maguro Clara wrapper is just stunning. The golden notes are matching well the new bands.

Tasting

1st Part
Sadly as I pre draw my cigar I release the draw will be a bit tight. hopefully it will change and evolve.
The very first notes are fresh and on the menthol side of it. As expected the density of smoke is low.
The Maltes is nice and woody, really balanced from the beginning, flavours and aromas all melting together. A medium velvet structure stays on the palate. A great roasted coffee finish stays on the palate. One of this strong coffee with high intensity.

2nd Part
The Montecristo Maltes get stronger half way with a longer finish on the palate. But still not as strong as expected due to the well balanced feeling. Some nice peppery notes are coming to bring a bit of complexity therefore the blend becomes less easy and round as the first sweet part.
The great thing is the cigar starts to really open and the density of smoke is finally high because of the draw being good by now.
Very warm feeling on the palate richer flavours, lots of muscle if I had to put an image on the feeling now.
I like the complexity brought by this slight freshness. The cigar is well constructed even though the draw was tight at the beginning. As I tap my ash I can see a piramide shape burning, always a good sign.

3rd Part
Starts very woody, a true montecristo woodiness. Got stronger and now we really feel the strength expected.
The earthiness and grassiness present previously really increase and become a main flavour component. An amazing touch of cardamon came out of the blue.
It finishes on some black tea notes that I never experienced before and this really took the cigar to another dimension at the very very end.

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Manu <![CDATA[Cigar Review – La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra (UK Regional Edition)]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18101 2018-05-01T16:09:20Z 2018-05-01T16:08:17Z Origin : Cuba Format : Británicas Extra Size : 5 3/8” (137mm Ring : 48 Pre Release Hand-Made Price : $NAMore info about purchasing Gloria Cubana cigars... Draw : 3 out of 6 stars Burn : 4 out of 6 stars Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars […]

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Origin : CubaLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Británicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8” (137mm
Ring : 48
Pre Release
Hand-Made
Price : $NA
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Draw : 3 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4 out of 6 stars

Introduction

The UK market has always been a historical cigar destination. Its distributor, Hunters And Frankau, constantly fight for the cigar smokers rights. When it comes to regional edition they have always designed great vitolas. The last Regional Edition in the UK was the fantastic Juan Lopez Selection Superba. This was the 2016 release. There the La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra is theoretically their 2017 release which should come out soon (2018).
In 2013 they have released the wonderful Bolivar Britanicas Extra which quickly became a collector item but more importantly a great cigar. I guess the success of this previous release convinced Hunters and Frankau on using the same vitola for this La Gloria Cubana.

Tasting

I really love this shape. So elegant visually and really enjoy smoking on a medium ring gauge cigar.
As I cut the cigar and tried the pre draw I noticed it was a bit tight. Not plugged but tight pre draw.
The first few puffs confirmed the pre draw. Not much smoke coming out of the cigar at the beginning. Slowly increasing and expressing a very sweet flavour and leathery texture.
The strength is medium to full, quite punchy to start. The finish is very dry but the flavours are developing really well. A big contrast between the flavours and the finish but of course this is to take with pinch of salt as this Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra is not released yet and will be release to the market with a bit of ageing. This will soften the blend hopefully.
As the cigar is a bit tight the amount of smoke is low.
The second part soften already, very smooth and soft on the palate. No acidity so the finish is not that long and the dry feeling from the beginning is almost gone. The leathery texture is present and flavours reminding me of salty caramels are developing. I really enjoy this salty feel on the tip of the tongue. You feel a big potential but as he cigar is young the flavours aren't expressing themselves fully. The great hints being given during this tasting already gives me the envy to smoke that cigar again next year to see the development.
To finish off, not much development, shame the cigar was a bit tight as the flavours were slow to open and sometimes too subtle to be fully appreciated. On the other hand the cigar burnt perfectly well all throughout the smoke.

Overall I enjoyed the Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra but was frustrated it was too tight. Can't wait to light another one soon and will review it as well to see if it changes.

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Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Cohiba Exquisitos]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18098 2018-04-28T18:30:24Z 2018-04-28T18:29:37Z Origin : Cuba Format : Seoane panetela Size : 5" x 33 ring gauge (126mm x 13.10mm) Hand-Made Price : ~ € 11.80 / $ 14.50More info about purchasing Cohiba cigars... Draw : 6 out of 6 stars Burn : 5 out of 6 stars Flavour : 6 out of 6 stars Aroma : 5 […]

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Origin : Cuba
Format : Seoane panetelaCohiba
Size : 5" x 33 ring gauge (126mm x 13.10mm)
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 11.80 / $ 14.50
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Draw : 6 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 6 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Cuba's Cohiba Exquisitos is one of the great panetela cigars of the world, well-deserving its name & its price, offering solid cigar strength, superb construction and quality, and an impressive flavour-rich experience via its slender package.

Tasting

Tho elegant & trim in appearance, this is a serious stick with a good deal of power, superbly made by the Cohiba torcedoras who roll this cigar with expert care. With its slow even burn, its power, and its subtle but richly-arrayed flavours, it is a fully satisfying Cuban cigar experience for those who open themselves to its charms.

Nowadays, people tend to begin sampling Cohibas through the medium-strength Siglo line developed more recently, with its several corona vitolas - but the Exquisitos belong to the original and stronger Clásica line. (The other two Cohiba ranges, are the also-medium-to-full strength Maduros, and the full-strength pricey thick Behikes.)

Amongst the 20 or so regular-production Cohiba cigars, no less than 6 are in panetela-range ring gauges - the 26 ring gauge Laguito No 3, this Exquisito in 33, the Lancero and Corona Especial in 38 - all from the Classic line - and the Siglo I and Secreto Maduro in 40.

Cohiba was personally developed by the late Fidel Castro, the story goes, after he sniffed a quality home-made stogie puffed by one of his bodyguards. The Comandante himself preferred narrower ring gauges, particularly 38; the Exquisitos was added to the line in the 1980s, when Cohiba expanded from being a diplomatic gift cigar, to being the Habanos ultra-premium marque available to the general public.

Tho there are sometimes parallel vitolas to the Cohiba sticks in other Cuban brands, particularly Montecristo, the Cohiba tobaccos are said to benefit from a unique extra phase of fermentation in barrels, and the Cohibas are indeed distinctive in flavour and impact.

Another great virtue of Cohibas is the construction quality on a different level than other Cubans, often rivalling that by the quality mavens at Davidoff, and the Exquisitos certainly falls into that superbly-rolled category, especially remarkable in a 30s ring gauge.

Tasting

One thing I see when buying an Exquisitos, is that it's often rolled a little thicker than its official 33 ring gauge, sometimes more toward 35-36. Soft-firm balance is always nice to the touch, the wrapper usually good-looking, the cap well-applied.

Aroma at the lighting end, sweet and pleasant, tends to be mild, not hinting at the surprising strength ahead. Pre-draw is tasty and sweet, with some saltiness and spice.

After lighting, one quickly feels this is a first-class Cuban smoke. Lovely flavours show themselves, on one hand subtle, but in totality rich - hay and honey, cedar and a touch of caramel, soon some toastiness. There is some pleasing saltiness and tang, one feels the Cuban earth here.

By the end of the 1st third, one can feel the strength and satisfying headiness, that this is a full Cuban smoke, one is lacking for nothing here. Another flavour wave can arrive at this point, such as that of hot chocolate with nuts amidst the scent of a wood fire.

Draw in the Exquisitos tends to be perfect, and with the arrangement of the tobacco leaves here yielding so much flavour and interest, I often think of the hard-working Cuban torcedoras at Cohiba, grateful for their excellent work and skill.

The Exquisitos is substantial and solid inside, despite the narrow ring gauge; for much of it, one can typically enjoy quick follow-up puffs without overheating it.

In the middle third one gets a little more strength, and perhaps less sweetness for a time, a bit more of hay and field and toast, with the sweeter notes occasionally returning. And then one can have another flavour burst, such as one suggesting a creamy cappuccino.

Beyond the flavours and senses, what is here ultimately and fully in the Exquisitos, is something a bit beyond words, that uniquely dreamy, thoughtful, and relaxing state of mind, that comes in a special way in a fine cigar, and very distinctively in a Habano.

This strong tho slender cigar can supply a perfect kind of balance for some moods, and it is one of my very favourite Cubans for that reason. The price seems quite fine for the experience one feels assured of having.

In the final third with the Exquisitos, there tends to be some darker flavours, coffee and dark cocoa. And it is here that being a small tho heady cigar does begin to show some stress. In the last third, one can get some harshness from one's eager puffing, tho pauses and purges - exhaling thru the cigar - do bring quick restoration of the cigar's excellence. One can also be rewarded with a large new wave of nutty flavours here.

Toward the nub one can get a bit of roughness, but I have no complaint given the substantial superb experience that has gone before. I typically say good-bye whilst some flavour remains, the better to keep a positive taste-memory of the whole experience.

Burn tends to be slow and even through most of it. For my slow-puffing self, I can sometimes top 40 minutes with the Exquisitos. Ash can be quite grey, not pointed, and often doesn't hold long given the stick's slender girth.

It is to me, a much more interesting cigar than the Siglo I Perla (40 x 102mm), the lowest-priced Cohiba where people often start in this brand. But to me there's no comparison - the stronger, longer, albeit thinner Exquisitos, is my choice for 2 euros more.

This is a powerhouse compared to the same-ring-gauge, delicate Romeo y Julieta Julieta (33 x 120mm), despite the size similarity. The one rival to the Exquisitos amidst the Cubans, in size plus power, would be the Bolivar No 3 (34 x 125), a fine, quite pleasing stick, but not in the same exalted category.

For me as a panetela guy, the Cohiba Exquisitos is a masterpiece. I do notice the price when I buy it, given that some other good sticks I like are half the cost ... but when I smoke an Exquisito and smile afterwards, I have no complaints whatsoever.

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Beneluxor

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Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Romeo y Julieta Petit Royale]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18095 2018-04-26T15:08:41Z 2018-04-26T15:06:50Z Format : Capricho Half Churchill Size : 3 3/4" x 47 ring gauge (95mm x 18.65mm) Brand strength : Medium Hand-Made Cuba Price : ~ € 8.00 / $ 10.00More info about purchasing Romeo y Julieta cigars... Draw : 4 out of 6 stars Burn : 3 out of 6 stars Flavour : 5 out […]

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Format : Capricho Half Churchill
Size : 3 3/4" x 47 ring gauge (95mm x 18.65mm)
Brand strength : Medium
Hand-Made
Cuba
Price : ~ € 8.00 / $ 10.00
More info about purchasing Romeo y Julieta cigars...

Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 3 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Tasting

The new Romeo y Julieta Petit Royale, also introducing a brand new half-Churchill vitola from Habanos, is a superb offering of a Cuban short-smoke entr'acto, offering both rich and changing flavour in an excellent full-bodied little package. This satisfying stick seems destined to make many friends, and may well spark a trend in 47 ring gauge half-Churchills as a preferred short-smoke cigar sizing.

It's fitting that Habanos would introduce a half-Churchill in the Romeo y Julieta line, as RyJ is a historic Cuban cigar marque that the real Winston Churchill himself often favoured.

This stick was quite near the precise catalogued tick in size, visibly just a hair thicker than the 46 ring gauge Vegueros Mañanita in my humidor. Its wrapper was not perfect, a bit rustic, as ol' Winnie might have liked, but cigar texture was wonderful, just soft enough. Cold aroma was sweet and floral. Pre-draw after punching had spice and suggested baking bread and cocoa.

A very easy draw here, a bit too easy at times, this stick could be rather smoky. Initial flavour was cedar with floral notes, and a bit of that high quality positive bitterness RyJ sticks can have, like an Italian apertif. What also came in quickly was a bit of harshness, a fire in the back of the throat, as erupted a few times in the smoke, only very briefly, and so seeming to give the cigar character, more than being bothersome.

This Petit Royale continually had lots of flavour, tho every few puffs the flavour focus could change within the pleasing RyJ range. Along with generally good flavour being nearly always there, there were moments of flavour bursts that were just perfect. This short cigar was a great deal of fun and never dull.

Toward the end of the first third, was one of those bursts, with a combination of walnut and cream. The second third began with more cedar, then after a brief semi-harsh episode, there was full-flavoured wood and walnut, and a touch of bittersweet cocoa. The middle 3rd also introduced some fruit flavour, and other varieties of nuttiness. The fruit sense morphed into a pleasing bitter sense of fruit seed and fruit rind.

In the final third was a little sourness from the fruit, another brief harsh episode, as well as some great flavour bursts recapping all of the above. Toward the end, did not want to go deep into the nub, but felt very satisfied with the cigar as a whole.

Burn was uneven tho not quick, the ash quite black-ish, holding a good long time tho in a bent shape. Flavour was not so subtle but always strong; this is a great short cigar with a strong drink. And this was a heady cigar, seemed a bit stronger than the RyJ 'medium' designation by Habanos.

For myself in a Cuban short entr'acto, I would still overall prefer the Montecristo Media Corona (44 x 90mm), with its subtler and sweeter flavours. For many tho, I think this Romeo y Julieta Petit Royale half-Churchill, would be their choice, with its bigger punch in both flavour and strength, and its Churchillian thickness in 47 ring.

Beneluxor

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Manu <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Punch Regios de Punch 2017 Limitada]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18091 2018-04-26T14:50:56Z 2018-04-26T14:50:56Z Origin : Cuba Size : 120 x 48 Origin : Cuba Hand-Made Brand Strength : Medium Price : ~$17-20 eachMore info about purchasing Punch cigars... Punch was created in 1844 by Don Manuel López of Juan Valle & Co, this makes it one of the oldest brand still in production.It was creating with an eye […]

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Origin : CubaPunch
Size : 120 x 48
Origin : Cuba
Hand-Made
Brand Strength : Medium
Price : ~$17-20 each
More info about purchasing Punch cigars...

Punch was created in 1844 by Don Manuel López of Juan Valle & Co, this makes it one of the oldest brand still in production.It was creating with an eye on the fast growing British market where a humorous magasine of the same name was in vogue at that time. Today most of Punch production is being rolled at la Corona Factory in Havana

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
strength : 3 out of 6 stars

Tasting

The punch Regios de Punch comes in a SLB cabinet of 25. This is the third limited edition released by Habanos S.A in 2017 (which is slowly coming out in 2018...).
Last time we saw a Punch limited edition was in 2013 with the Series D'Oro N.2, a very under rated piramides, developing a complex blend.

This Punch Regios De Punch is a short length cigar with a medium ring gauge. A great size for a 30-40 minutes smoke.

At first I was very pleased with the draw, smooth with just the resistance you like. Not too loose not too tight. Just great. Also the first few puffs were surprisingly creamy and smooth. Surprising because this is not the flavour characteristic of Punch and smooth for such a young cigar it is unusual.
Slowly a slight spiciness on the lips and the tip of the tongue starts to develop. It was a very enjoying moment, combining this feeling with the roundness and smoothness of the smoke on the palate. The cigar becomes a bit more vegetal, which is more the brand flavour characteristics. Herbal notes, light density of smoke no bitterness. The strength is also rather light comparing to a regular punch. Toward the end of the first part I just love the aroma. At this time the ash is long and solid. Great construction, as I tapped the ash for the first time I could see a great piramides burning.

The second part still develops a low to medium density of smokes. A very subtle and sweet aroma. The flavours are light to medium surprisingly very creamy texture with notes of almond and nuts.

Towards the end a complete change of flavours happens with a nice fresh earthiness. Aromas reminding of freshly cut grass.
I really enjoyed the freshness of the blend towards the very end melting on the palate with a very strong dark cocoa bean flavours.
The great thing is that the cigar does not over heat. A slight sig of youth towards the very end as some bitterness appears on the palate. The strength increases slightly and flavours becoming richer with a very enjoyable Woodiness. Really well balanced blend.

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Inspector http://www.cigarinspector.com <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 Reserva]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18082 2018-04-03T18:59:07Z 2018-04-03T18:58:16Z Origin : Cuba Format : Robusto Size : 124mm (5") x 50 Hand-Made Cosecha : 2012 Price : £55 / $ 65 each Draw : 5 out of 6 stars Burn : 3.5 out of 6 stars Flavours : 4.5 out of 6 stars Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars strength : 2 out […]

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Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto
Size : 124mm (5") x 50
Hand-Made
Cosecha : 2012
Price : £55 / $ 65 each

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Flavours : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
strength : 2 out of 6 stars

In 2003, Habanos S.A., introduced the Reserva concept by launching the Cohiba Seleccion Reserva box. Specially selected tobacco aged for a minimum of three years before being used to roll the reserva cigars. Also the tobacco is coming from a single crop. In the case of the Epicure N.2 Reserva all tobacco come from 2012.

Tasting

As soon as I lit the cigar I was very excited from the beautiful blue smoke it created and the wonderful aroma you could enjoy in the room.
The first few puffs are very impressive. Expressing a serious cigar. Even though I tell everyone dont judge the cigar in the first few puffs, these ones were so good that I just hoped it continues this way. The vanilla touch and creaminess were predominant during that short part.
It clearly is richer and stronger than your regular epicure N.2. I have always enjoyed the regular production of epicure N.2. A cigar I would choose when I couldn't set my mind on what to smoke tonight. Therefore I was very excited abut this release.
The density of smoke is very high, which allow a wonderful texture to linger on the palate.
I love the aroma being developed, reminding of coffee being slowly roasted.
The first part was very balanced. Light strength cigar, great balance. no acidity nor bitterness and this great vanilla flavour profile all throughout. The sweet coconut feeling was reminding us of the complexity this cigar could express with some age.

The second part could be resumed this way: So much flavours, so much texture, yet so soft and delicate. It is great to see how light strength cigar develops such a rich and complex blend.
Unfortunately the cigar started to burn funnily. It is a shame as I am sure this affects the flavours as the blend doesn't burn properly. thankfully it stabilise without the help of a lighter and the cigar expression becomes much more balanced and enjoyable as before. The aroma is just great. A true scent.

As I said I like the epicure n2 current production and was expecting a good one but this is so much richer and intense than I could expect.

The cigar becomes stronger towards the end but a great creaminess stays on the palate. The flavours are more vegetal and a bit green, reminding you the cigar just came out on the market it still has a lot more to show. Even though it was rolled in 2015 with 2012 tobacco.

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Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Rocky Patel XXth Anniversary Lancero]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=18079 2018-03-28T18:19:23Z 2018-03-28T18:17:59Z Origin : Honduras Format : Lanceros Size : 7 1/2" x 38 ring gauge (190mm x 15.08mm) Origin : Honduras Hand-Made Price : ~ € 11.00 / $ 13.50each Draw : 4 out of 6 stars Burn : 4 out of 6 stars Flavours : 2 out of 6 stars Aroma : 4 out of […]

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Origin : HondurasRocky Patel
Format : Lanceros
Size : 7 1/2" x 38 ring gauge (190mm x 15.08mm)
Origin : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 11.00 / $ 13.50each

Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavours : 2 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
strength : 2 out of 6 stars

The Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary Natural Lancero, is a well-rolled, easy-smoking long panetela, offering some interesting cycling of flavours as it starts, but in this sample tending toward incipient harshness and some dryness on the palate, as well as some flavour loss in the finish.

A mostly Honduran cigar with some Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler, this is a regular production stick, tho launched in 2015 with its 'XX - Twentieth' band, to commemorate Rocky Patel's 20th anniversary in the cigar business. Rocky Patel's 10th and 15th anniversary cigar marques remain active in the line-up as well. The word 'Natural' on the band on the cigar's foot, is to distinguish from the company's separate Twentieth Anniversary Maduro cigar line with different vitolas.

In the early 1990s Rocky Patel had been an entertainment lawyer amid the glamour of southern California USA, but caught the cigar bug and started the family cigar business, first as Indian Tabac and now under his own name.

Rocky Patel is today a noted, often-praised brand, especially in the USA market, its headquarters in Florida there. Along with his younger brother and cousin, Rocky Patel's key people include Hamlet Paredes, a former star cigar roller for Cuba's Partagás, who used to tour the world for Habanos giving cigar-rolling exhibitions.

Rocky Patel deserves credit for meeting the special challenge of successfully rolling this premium ultra-long panetela vitola, requiring special skills beyond that of the ordinary torcedor. And also for boldly putting this stick on offer, whilst other companies cancel some of their slender long cigars, e.g., Davidoff having recently cancelled its 3000 (33 x 178mm), its No 1 (39 x 190), and its Millenium Lancero (40 x 184).

Tasting

Handling this stick it was a little too soft below the band, a hint of the flavour loss I would experience in the final third. Mostly nice-looking, tho a touch of vein and a too-contrasting cigar cap, but with a premium pigtail on the top.

Initial aroma at the smoking end was that of fruit pie, or a warm breakfast tart, which indeed turned out to be some of the flavours in the cigar. First inhale was rather nice, a touch of sweetness, and some sense of dimensionality tickling the front of the nose and the back of the palate.

Quite smoky tho, at the beginning and at some later points. Draw was easy throughout, really too easy. Tho the cigar burned slowly, it was clearly delicate inside the stick, and harshness was induced too rapidly when you wanted a quick follow-up taste.

The first third had some nice, tho not strong flavours, and some interesting flavour cycling. There was toast, hay, bits of fruit and sweetness, the appealing fruit-pie-like combination, and for a while one was entertained not knowing what would be dominant in the next puff. Some cedar and woodiness entered a bit later too. But there was also the start of some dryness in the mouth, a hint of difficulties to come.

The second third continued the rolling flavours, but now with harsh moments starting to appear, a bit of a charcoal sense, along with the increasingly fading tastes. Purging helped - tho making quite a smoke-fest - and after a purge and a good pause, one could taste the fruit pie and other good tastes again a bit. It was a bit funny, just as I thought I was getting very displeased with the cigar, the flavour would come back.

The final third began with one of the cigar's best bursts of flavours, but then they just faded away, and various purging and pausing efforts couldn't quite bring the taste level back. The cigar grew flat and at points bitter or a bit harsh, with much dryness induced in the mouth, till I said farewell.

Another disappointment with the cigar is that it was really too mild, given what I would like to experience in smoking a long pricey stick for an hour. There was only slight strength to it, it was overall a mild Honduran, despite the Nicaraguan filler seeking to charge it up a bit.

What I wound up thinking about as I finished the cigar, is that it was an incompletely developed stick, despite the strong points in some of its tastes and easy draw. Rocky Patel is perhaps trying to do too much for a niche family company - their website cigar brand page lists no fewer than 47 Rocky Patel cigar marques from which to choose. Other USA-based cigar companies also sometimes have a high number of brands.

By way of comparison, Habanos has a total of 27 brands for all of Cuba, many of them ages old, and the Davidoff-named line has about 13 brands for its diversity.

Despite the sweet notes in the Rocky Patel XXth Lancero - an element which usually tends to win me over - I found myself thinking wistfully that, for the same price, I can have a Habanos La Gloria Cubana Médaille d'Or No 4 (32 x 152mm), with even more sweetness, and less downside despite the Cuban stick's draw problems.

By way of a full 7-inch-plus Lancero, one can recommend at significantly greater price, from Cuba the great original Cohiba Lancero (38 x 190) or the Trinidad Fundadores (40 x 190). And a gem still out there in remaining stock at some of the Davidoff shops, tho discontinued, the Davidoff Millennium Lancero (40 x 184).

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